How to Kill Reservation in Job Opportunities of Universities?: The BJP Model

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Few days back, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) has advertised for recruitment of faculty positions. But bizarrely, out 52 teaching posts in 27 different departments of the university, only 1 post is for the reserved category candidates.( Indian Express,14th April,2018) This is a sheer and brazen violation of the constitutionally mandated reservation policies. Ironically, the website of IGNTU declares that the university was visualized: “To provide avenues of education, especially higher education and research facilities primarily for the tribal population of India” and “To disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in tribal art, tradition, culture, language, medicinal systems, customs, forest based economic activities, flora, fauna and advancement in technologies relating to the natural resources of the tribal areas.” In a similar brazen fashion, for Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN), out of total 65 seats, only 2 seats are reserved for OBC category candidates and none for SC and ST category candidates!

But the IGNTU and CUTN fiascos are no aberration. Recently, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to make a department-wise roster of teacher vacancies reserved for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, instead of the earlier norm of reservations based on aggregate posts of the entire university. This retrograde step surely reduces the number of posts for reserved category candidates significantly. The brazen violation of reservation in IGNTU and CUTN faculty position advertisements is only a logical outcome of anti-social justice policies of the ruling regime.

The BJP Government is systematically destroying the educational, job and other opportunities for the marginalized of the country. Today, over 51 lakh Dalit students and over 20 lakh Adivasi students across the country are facing massive crisis due to pending fund of more than Rs 8000 crore and Rs 3,156 crore to SC and ST students’ Post Matric scholarship by the Modi government to the state governments over the last three consecutive years (The Newslaundry, Feb 17, 2018). At the level of higher education, the 5 May UGC Notification 2016, has meant massive seat cuts and consequent decimation of reservation in M. Phil-PhD courses across universities. And now in 2018, through yet another UGC notification on ‘Autonomy’, the govt has unleashed policies which will result into destruction of reservation in both student enrollment and faculty recruitment in leading universities of the country.

This Government desperately wants to make all educational and employment opportunities inaccessible for the majority of the student – youths of the country, especially for those from marginalized sections. On behalf of AISA, we strongly demand that the IGNTU and CUTN must re –advertise the teaching posts with constitutionally mandated reservation policies. We also appeal to the student community to expose, resist and rebuff this dangerous saffron design of killing all provisions of social justice in our campuses.

Indira Gandhi National Tribal University : ONLY 1 Post for Reserved Category

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Few days back, Indira Gandhi National Tribal University (IGNTU) has advertised for recruitment of faculty positions. But bizarrely, out 52 teaching posts in 27 different departments of the university, only 1 post is for the reserved category candidates. This is a sheer and brazen violation of the constitutionally mandated reservation policies. Ironically, the website of IGNTU declares that the university was visualized: “To provide avenues of education, especially higher education and research facilities primarily for the tribal population of India” and “To disseminate and advance knowledge by providing instructional and research facilities in tribal art, tradition, culture, language, medicinal systems, customs, forest based economic activities, flora, fauna and advancement in technologies relating to the natural resources of the tribal areas.” Continue reading

Kathua to Unnao : From Beti Bachao to Balatkari Bachao

Protest against shielding of rapists in Kathua and Unnao ( Pic Courtesy: The Hindu)

Two gruesome incidents of rape have shocked the nation; not just for the horrific nature of the crime, but also for the ruling party, the BJP trying to shield the accused, with its sitting ministers even going on to support bandhs and rallies against arresting of the rape accused. Let us not forget the slogan with which this BJP government came to power in 2014 – bahut hua naari par vaar, abki baar Modi Sarkar. The PM, known to tweet on every issue, hasn’t thought that rape of two women in the BJP ruled states and the shielding of the accused by his party as even an issue to give out a statement. The betis of the nation are under threat from the ruling party. Continue reading

Autonomy to Universities : Final blow to affordable education

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On 20th March 2018, Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, held a press conference declaring 62 Universities and 8 colleges (including 5 Central universities like JNU, BHU, HCU etc) autonomous. He said, “Today is a historic day for higher education in India. These quality institutions will get complete autonomy by which they can start new courses….” What he did NOT divulge in the press conference is that these institutions can only start new courses “provided no demand of fund is made from the government” (12 February 2018, Gazette Notification) for the same. This essentially proves that the much-trumpeted ‘autonomy’ is nothing but freedom to the govt. from the responsibility of funding premier institutions and a free hand to the administrations of these institutions to start self-finance courses and increase students’ fees recklessly.

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“स्वायत्तता” की घोषणा का यह दिन उच्च शिक्षा के लिए सबसे काला दिन है!

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शैक्षिक संस्थानों के लिए स्वायत्तता की प्रकाश जावड़ेकर की घोषणा : सस्ती उच्च शिक्षा को ध्वस्त करने का निर्णायक पैंतरा!

मिस्टर जावड़ेकर, “स्वायत्तता” की घोषणा का यह दिन ऐतिहासिक नहीं बल्कि भारत की उच्च शिक्षा के लिए सबसे काला दिन है!

20 मार्च 2018 के दिन, मानव संसाधन एवं विकास मंत्री प्रकाश जावड़ेकर ने एक प्रेस वार्ता आयोजित कर 62 विश्वविद्यालयों और 8 कॉलेजों (जिन में जेएनयू, बीएचयू और एचसीयू सहित पाँच केन्द्रीय विश्वविद्यालय शामिल हैं) को स्वायत्तता देने की घोषणा कर दी। उन्होंने कहा, “ आज का दिन भारतीय उच्च शिक्षा के लिए ऐतिहासिक है। इन बेहतरीन संस्थानों को पूर्ण स्वायत्तता मिलेगी जिससे कि वे नए पाठ्यक्रम भी शुरु कर सकेंगे…” Continue reading

Support Bharat Bandh against dilution of SC/ST Act

Support Bharat Bandh Against the Dangerous Dilutions in the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Two-Judge Bench of the Supreme Court!

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Union Govt Must File Review Petition!

Fight Back Patronage and Impunity to Casteist Violence and Discrimination!

In a shocking judgment on 20th March, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising justice U.U. Lait and D. K. Goyel,  has observed that the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 which protects the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from casteist discrimination, has become an instrument to “blackmail” public servants. Continue reading

CBSE paper leak : Not an aberration but long process of corruption

Paper Leak Hat Trick: NEET (May 2017), SSC (Feb 2018), And Now CBSE X & XII!

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Vyapam Scam of Madhya Pradesh Multiplied In National Scale! And It’s Gujarat Cadre IAS At the Helm of Both SSC and CBSE Mired in Paper Leak!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! MR. MODI STOP DIRTY TRICKS WITH OUR FUTURE!

Every year, lakhs of students across the country put their extreme hard works for the board examinations. In a shocking development yesterday, the question papers of CBSE examinations were leaked on WhatsApp and social media hours before the paper commenced. A senior CBSE official had first denied any leak after reports had emerged of the same. But later, CBSE backtracked to announce that two exam papers (Class X Mathematics and Class XII Economics) had been leaked and that a retest was being ordered.

The CBSE paper leak is no aberration. Few days back, we have witnessed shocking paper leak and scam in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) examination. The SSC directly comes under the central government, but it has refused to address the concerns of SSC examines and instead offered false assurances, harassed and threatened them. In case of CBSE paper leak, it is also clearly a long process of corruption with the Government patronage.

  • The Modi Government kept the post of CBSE Chairperson vacant for over one and half years till July 2016. Is not this a highly irresponsible act to keep the highest post vacant of an organization which decides the future of lakhs of students of the county every year?
  • In July 2016, Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi was appointed as the Chairperson of the CBSE for a five year term. But just one year after Chaturvedi’s appointment, the BJP Government arbitrarily removed him and appointed Anita Karwal as the Chairperson of the CBSE. Interestingly, Anita Karwal, like the SSC chairperson Ashim Khurana is Gujarat cadre with close connections to the ruling party. Is it not a clear ploy by the current Government to destroy educational institutions of the country through political appointments in every important Government post?
  • According to the media reports, the CBSE Chairperson received a copy of the leaked class X Mathematics paper day before the examination. She could have cancelled the paper before the exam which she didn’t. Didn’t it show that the CBSE tried its best to sweep the entire issue of paper leak under carpet?
  • There are also reports of gross anomalies in evaluation in class XII papers in 2017. Why the Government didn’t take any steps then?

Few days back, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi jumped to advise school-going children on the subject of exam preparation and clearing their Board exams during the launch of his book Exam Warrior. Mr. Modi, students will always work hard for the examinations. But what happens to their hard work when your corrupt system fails them miserably? We don’t need to tips to crack exams and this Government must need to take immediate steps to address the massive corruptions and scams in examinations and recruitment process.

The BJP Government is implementing the Vyapam Model in board and recruitment examination scams, where vested interests are working within Government bodies.  Until those responsible in paper leak and corruption, from within the Government bodies and others are punished – a fair evaluation in any future board and recruitment exams cannot be guaranteed. Thus, merely conducting re-examinations will not address the issue at hand. We demand the immediate resignation of the CBSE Chairperson and the MHRD Minister, who have miserably failed to be accountable and a through, independent probe in the CBSE paper leak and corruption.

Resist the Transgender Persons (Protection Of Rights) Bill 2016

Protest the Retrograde and Draconian Transgender Persons (Protection Of Rights) Bill 2016, Which Is A Direct Threat to the Rights and Dignity of Trans-gender Persons!

Resist the Bill In Its Present Form! Stand Against the Violation of Transgender Rights!

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The trans and queer communities have led an inspiring struggle against discrimination and social injustice to demand equality, legal rights and opportunities for education and livelihood. The struggle still continues as the government threatens to introduce a deeply problematic Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill 2016 in the Parliament in the ongoing winter session. The bill in its current form brazenly ignores many critical recommendations and suggestions made by various trans activists and collectives threatening to marginalize further a community vulnerable to naming and shaming, homelessness, violence and police brutality. Continue reading